Why I think $800 is too much for the Galaxy S7 edge

It wants to be the ultimate smartphone. But is it? After a week of using it, I can say there are things about it that make the Galaxy S7 edge appear markedly underperforming considering its hefty $800 price tag...
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7. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Here we go again iphonearena...... we know, we know, only apple can make great phones.....And if someone gets close or even past, you have to find weak spots...you loyal apple defenders......

44. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

im seriously thinking about dropping this bias, over-comercial,I-wannabe site. It`s just so clear what they are doing. naming apple in everything,battery benchmarking is f**ked up(in favor to I-s**t ofc) and so on..I can`t stand it anymore.

9. quintessential

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 11, 2015

I think most people would feel the same way currently about whether to buy the S7 or S7 edge. Well.. apart from those big boasts of preorders as usual, we havent yet heard Samsung declare any solid numbers of sales in the first weekend launch. If the sales were that great, pretty sure Samsung would have trumpeted them. Apparently, it seems that the S7 has not been much of a hit with customers, with the S7 edge now being the sales driver, though the latter's sales itself isn't really that fantastic either. Over here, in just less than one month since launch, Samsung has aggressively cut the with-contract price of the S7 by $100, and the S7 edge by $100 too. Even the Gear VR, which comes free with any purchase of the S7 models, has now dropped from $99 to just $59 on standalone sale. - Clear indication that these models are not selling so well. Comparatively, it took nearly 4 months for Samsung to adjust the pricing of the S6 models.

18. TerryTerius unregistered

Pretty much everybody but Huawei has their sales going down across the board. Inevitable in a saturated market. The only one who may or may not suffer as much in the high-end space is Apple... But there are indicators that their sales are beginning to decline too. But who knows if that's a trend or not.

34. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I guess once Samsung releases the final pre-order numbers, I guess we will know for sure.

11. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

And yet iPhones have had more issues over the various years and releases, yet they have still been called premium....only thing this proves is what others and myself have said over years, premium is very subjective. Only thing I can generally agree with is 2, but that seems an issue of scanning fingers just right, which can be a bit tricky,

13. virparam01

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 04, 2012

i think you are way too into iphone u don't see the world outside. u just wanted to show how i phone can be better than this. most of your opinions absurd and nothing more. for fingerprint scanner i like how the samsung one works rather than i phone because sometimes i want to view the lockscreen but in iphone it quickly unlocks with slightest of touch (so it different for each person) i have a note 4 and mind u i can get over 70% success with this s**tty sensor so either u don't know how to operate the sensor or just too obsessed with i phone. and default duration for weather. Man they set it up for whole the world and not for US only. Net plans are still at higher in some regions and most people don't want their phone to use data each time they wake it. so 6 hrs is average. and rest all others opinions of yours are as confused as others and mostly feel like i phone user telling that its i phone is better and premium.

14. alexvv

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 16, 2013

but somehow 800$ makes total sense for a 16gb iphone 6s plus. phonearena logic.

42. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Put Apple logo on it, phonearena loses their mind...

15. jellmoo

Posts: 2533; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I agree. Well, I agree that no phone should be $800 ($1000 here in Canada). Are phones at this price point better than options coming in at $500-600? Maybe. Better enough to warrant an extra $200-300? No. Not at all.

16. Macready

Posts: 1811; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Ask someone clueless about the benefits of Android, SD cards etc. to write an opinion on the S7 and this is what you get. To highlight one of the fallacy gems exemplary for the whole piece: "The person who's ready to pay $800 for a smartphone typically isn't looking to save a few bucks by going the microSD route. " It's so comical that I had a hard time knowing where to start dissecting the nonsense in there. It somehow started with the false premises that A) someone paying $800 for a phone has plenty more to spare (oh?) B) the benefit of microSD is only to get cheap extra storage and that this could have been achieved with internal memory too Let's look closer at that second one. I bought a fast (for a microSD that is, still not nearly as fast as the fastest internal, I know) 200 GB Sandisk card. Tell me again how I can buy 232 GB interal memory. From anyone. At best about half that. On top of that, there are many more benefits to SD cards. First, you can take it out, plug it in elsewhere. No you don't have to, but you can. One of the benefits that come with that, is that if, for whichever reason your phone fully dies, you can have your most important data (pictures, movies you took etc.) saved, ready to be plugged into the next device. No hassle with weekly backups, lost data inbetween, cloud saving which has its safety concerns and data concerns (plus always slower) and it makes switching phones a breeze in general. Most of the remaining arguments, have nothing to do with any pricetag or premium and all with opinions. For example the brightness. I hate the auto adjustments on the 6S, love them on the S6. Especially after finetuning (you can...) the auto setting.

19. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

1# agree 2# do not agree, have 4 fingers registerd and for using it for 3weeks now I only have had 5-7 miss-registers.. it`s basiclly flawless IMO 3# agree 4# agree 5# you did not fix this issue. there was an update from Galaxy apps that fixed it. but yes, it was there. overall im really happy with my S7 edge, but I have the exynos..there might be some diffrenses. I will add one of my own and thats about the camera, it tends to over expose alot but hopefully it will get better with an update(other than that it`s a really nice camera!)

79. rubyonrails3

Posts: 369; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

#4 is ultimate truth bad fingerprint sensor iPhone 6s and Nexus 6p have a lot better fingerprint sensors.

123. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

1# I never have that problem on note 4 and s6e+ (didnt have S7 tough) 2# I register my right thumb 3 time, and it work perfectly flawless 3# It can easily disabled, but I like they have this feature (and hope they use it on note 6 and other phone) 4# just install other weather widget :D 5# dunno, I dont have S7 :P

20. f_u_006

Posts: 114; Member since: Mar 19, 2014

It's still better than iPhone, and all those aforementioned problems can be fixed with an update. Apparently the author was paid by some iSheep to write this absurd article which is basically elaborating and enhancing small software issues to discourage potential users from buying it. Without doubt, S7 Edge is the most beautiful smartphone I've ever seen, and its top notch in terms of design; camera; and performance, and most importantly, its an Android smartphone, the envy of all mobile operating systems.

23. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

and yet again, PA can`t do a article about samsung without naming Apple. If you think a iphone is worth 800dollars(and with 16GB at that!) you where dropped as a child...seriously! the S7 does SO MUCH MORE than any apple device ever could and that is just a fact!

27. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3944; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Maybe it's worth about $795(it is cheaper lol) then because these complaints are so childish, they can all literally be fixed via updates(which will happen sooner than later) or in the settings. The thing about spotify's play button not working because it's to close to the edge screen is the only legitimate complaint, it's bad enough that so many people accidentally touch the edge screen and activate it but to deliberately touch the screen or close to it and it work is unacceptable.

29. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3944; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Don't get me wrong, I don't think the S7 Edge is worth buying myself but not because such minor grips. Mostly I don't think it's worth it because the edge screen isn't that useful and comes with to many drawback, there are just somethings you have to live with if you own a edge device that can't be fixed, that's just the price you have to pay I for owning such a device and I don't think the price(the price of dealing with the drawback not the price to buy it) is worth paying for.

28. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

Well well it was Ray S writing the article. We all know he is very, and admittedly, biased towards Apple. I can't take his reviews of Android phones seriously.

80. rubyonrails3

Posts: 369; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

You should cuz you are most probably Samsung fan

248. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

Yes I am a Samsung Fan. I have owned an Epic 4G, Nexus S 4G, Note 1, Note 2, Note 4, Note 5, and S7 Edge. Thr only non-Samsung Phone I have owned is a OnPlus One and a Lumia 640 (to try a Windows Phone for once which not surprisingly works very well with my company's Exchange email.

31. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Clickbait article with more PA BS.The Galaxy isn't worth $800? Ok how about you be fair and lets have an article on ALL PHONES IN THE $800 RANGE. $799 for the iPhone 6 Plus 64GB, $900-1000 for 128GB. Please right an article showing us why a phone that does even less than the one in this article is worth this. Come on. If you're gonna just make clickbait anti-Samsung articles. Lets see the fairly compared clickbait iPhone isnt worth that price either article.

35. Justlooking

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

I have an S7 Edge and i don't miss my iPhone 6s Plus at all. Battery is excellent, screen the best in class,camera leaps and bounds better and faster than my iPhone, Android flexible as ever, and I don't have to compromise on the memory. To me, since I can afford the 800 it is worth every penny.... but if you are on a budget the the new iPhone SE.

38. stferrari

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

After a week and a half with my S7 Edge, my opinion is that while the phone is not perfect it is BY FAR the best smart phone I have ever owned (and I have owned all the recent flagships from HTC, LG, and SAMSUNG in the last 10 years or so). There is no such thing as a perfect phone. Sorry no IPHONES because as a retired hardware/software engineer, I consider IOS a joke targeted at users who want simple rather than flexible and powerful.

43. drahcir02

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 03, 2016

bias as always

45. Xperia14

Posts: 1205; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Premium build: check Good battery life: check IP68: check Best screen on the market: check Awesome camera: check Micro SD: check I can name a phone that's even more expensive than the S7e and offers less...

48. dimas

Posts: 3296; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

s7 edge got me on good battery life, 4-5 sot and would last 1.5 days with 15% left if I'm not using it too much for heavy games. Wi-fi always on, brightness set to 40%

46. dimas

Posts: 3296; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I think for $800, what s7 edge offer is already affordable. Aside from specs, samsung listen to community complains and fix the bugs and glitches, no stuttering lags and battery life is very good in my daily use, very compact and easy to hold relative to it's display size. you have theme store that remove your boredom from their default touchwiz. Always on display can be disabled. Though mine's only 32gb, I can live with it since samsung won't rip me off for another $100 just to increase the storage (still using my 1 year old 128gb microsd as expanded drive). The small 32gb storage was compensated with better chipset and battery. That $800 tag price? It's normal because it's new but count 3-4 months and it will become cheaper to give way for note 6 and newer gadgets unlike apple that would take centuries before lowering their price. If iphone 7 can offer something better than s7 then I will be open to get that product but until september 2016, I think the $960 I spent for s7 edge (including tax and accessories) is already a good deal.

47. Skimshaddy

Posts: 126; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

Why I think you're so cheap.

49. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

WTF: "Yes, there's an option to change the update interval, but the thing is the default state should make sense, and on the S7 edge, it does not." It make no sense to complaining about soemthing anyone can choose update interval themself.

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